Punished by City
Bristol City 2
• Adomah 48 • Maynard 84
Saturday, 26th November 2011
Match Report :
The bare statistics show that Bristol City won with two goals scored in the 48th and 84th minutes and Saints failed to score for the first time this season. Both goals took deflections on their way past Kelvin Davis, but Saints could hardly complain at the result.
In truth Bristol City were really up for this game and new manager, Scot Derek McInnes, has really worked wonders on a team that was so woeful just a few short weeks ago. They defended well and broke with purpose. The speedy Bristol City winger Adomah was causing Saints all sorts of problems, as once again Lallana's wanderings all over the field was leaving Fox exposed at the back.
Saints had hardly got into their stride when Richard Chaplow had to go off injured in the seventh minute, after slipping awkwardly on the pitch and was replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin. Saints missed his all action direct game, yet still managed to pass the ball around, without actually creating much more than one save by David James from Adam Lallana.
Saints never really looked like scoring and as half-time arrived the best hope was that they would come out refreshed and try and be a bit more direct. It didn't happen and within three minutes of the restart, Bristol City were ahead, albeit from a shot by Adomah which took a wicked deflection on the way in.
Steeeeeeeve DeRidder replaced the ineffective Guly on 64 minutes and Barnard came on for Hammond on 79 minutes, but with the exception of DeRidder missing a chance from the edge of the penalty area, it made little difference.
Saints were effectively put out of their misery in the 84th minute, when Maynard scored, his shot taking a massive deflection off Fonte on the way past Davis.
So, a bad day at the office and a day to forget.
I think the best way to look at this game was as Nigel Adkins said, "We haven't lost before this in nine games. If we maintain that ratio we'll do OK. For long periods we had control, but we didn't have that cutting edge. The lads have been flying in training. It just didn't happen today."
Just as well the team do not have too long to dwell on this performance, as the next game is at home to Hull on Tuesday night. Unfortunately they will have to do without Richard Chaplow, who will be out for possibly the next two games at least.
Attendance : 16,346
21 Cisse (Woolford 61)
37 Pearson (yellow card) (Wilson 77)
10 Maynard (Pitman 87)
26 Hooiveld (yellow card)
10 Guly (De Ridder 64 (yellow card))
14 Hammond (Barnard 79)
18 Chaplow (Schneiderlin 7)
33 De Ridder